Campus Digital Model nearing Completion
This summer, architecture students have been assembling an extensive digital model of the entire Andrews University campus. Modeled using Autodesk Revit BIM software, the extensive model includes all buildings, roads, sidewalks, parking lots, topography, and all documented tree locations. Most building exteriors are fully modeled, including precise information about details and material, and most of the trees have been tagged by species. Students working for Architecture Missions Group (AMG) as part of a service project for the Department of Campus Safety modeled many of the buildings over the last few years. But this summer, graduate students Nathaniel Beddoe and Mausharie Valentine pursued the challenging and tedious task of assembling a wide and scattered array of information, maps, old prints, and computer files in order to build this complete model of the campus. Many items for which no documentation exists had to be measured on site.
The model will be used to study the existing campus, to explore design and planning solutions, and to generate photo-realistic visionary illustrations towards the end of the semester. Additional information such as campus signs, benches, monuments, and light fixtures will continue to be added throughout the semester. Amongst other things, this sophisticated software allows the team to study actual lighting and wind conditions throughout the year and can help us to generate simple fly-over and walk-through videos of the campus.